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Around 20 of the London 2012 Olympic Games fleet of BMWs reportedly had their fuel cards cloned earlier this year.
According to the BBC, credit cards set aside for fuel charges for the fleet of BMWs used on official Olympic duties were targeted and had their details duplicated back in April.
Fraudsters successfully cloned the identity of the plastic and deciphered the PIN number – 2012 – meaning they could charge costs to the account linked with the original credit cards.
However, the criminals were thwarted even before they started, as the cards weren’t activated until the beginning of July.
A London 2012 spokesperson said:
“A very small number of pre-Games fuel cards were fraudulently used in April. This use was picked up immediately by a team that tracks the fuel card usage daily and the information was passed to the police.
“The Games Time fuel cards have been active since the start of July and there has been no fraudulent use of these cards.”
This news comes after more recent Games clangers, including a busload of US Olympic athletes getting lost and the embarrassing display of the South Korean flag to the North Korean women’s football team.
Thankfully, however, the fuel card transgression was solved without any financial consequences. The PIN numbers have since been changed from 2012 to something a little less obvious…
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